The Iowa bullpen faltered for a second straight night, giving up four runs in the eighth inning as the Oklahoma City RedHawks (46-43) stunned the Iowa Cubs (47-40), taking a 4-3 victory on Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, wasting an impressive starting effort by Eric Jokisch.
Jokisch faced the minimum over seven innings. Jokisch allowed only two hits and both base runners were erased on double plays. Jokisch didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven Redhawks. The start by Jokisch gives Iowa 52 quality starts on the season. Iowa had 50 quality starts in all of the 2013 season.
Jokisch gave way to Arodys Vizcaino after throwing only 85 pitches. Vizcaino lasted only three batters, allowing two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs for Oklahoma City. After Marcus Hatley (2-2) came in for Vizcaino, Joe Sciafani reached on an infield single, driving in the first run for the RedHawks. Ronald Torreyes drove in a run with an RBI force out, and Jonathan Villar singled to left, scoring two and giving Oklahoma City a 4-3 lead.
Jason Stoffel (2-2) picked up the win in relief for Oklahoma City, pitching 1.2 scoreless, giving way to Kevin Chapman, who recorded the final out of the game to pick up his third save.
Iowa opened the scoring in the first when Javier Baez blasted a ball that left Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The monster home run was number 12 on the season for Baez.
Iowa went up 2-0 in the second when Logan Watkins doubled to right and came around to score on a single by Rafael Lopez.
The final run of the game for the Cubs when Kris Bryant led off the fourth, cracking his seventh home run in an Iowa uniform. Bryant now has 29 home runs on the season between Iowa and double-A Tennessee. After going 3-for-4 on Friday, Bryant is hitting .365 with 7 HR and 19 RBI in 17 games with Iowa.
Arismendy Alcantara went 0-for-4, snapping a team-best 13 game hitting streak.